German Auto Industry Testing Out Intelligent Communication Systems

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication

A con­sor­tium of automak­ers and sup­pli­ers are work­ing togeth­er in Ger­many on a four-year intel­li­gent vehi­cle tri­al pro­gram aimed at improv­ing road safe­ty and mobil­i­ty through the use of intel­li­gent com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems. The tri­al pro­gram has been launched in Frank­furt through what is being called “Safe Intel­li­gent Mobil­i­ty – Test­field Ger­many.” The col­lab­o­ra­tion is made up of Audi, BMW, Daim­ler, Ford, Opel, Volk­swa­gen, Bosch, Con­ti­nen­tal, and Deutsche Telekom. They will also be joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of region­al infra­struc­ture oper­a­tors and Ger­man research insti­tu­tions.

The tri­al will con­sist of a fleet of 120 cars equipped with the most up-to-date car-to-car and car-to-infra­struc­ture com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools, being test­ed in real life sit­u­a­tions. It is hoped that intel­li­gent vehi­cles will remove human error from the roads and there­fore make them safer. The fea­tures to be test­ed include elec­tron­ic brake lights which deliv­er a mes­sage from a lead car to one behind that brak­ing has occurred. This means that the car fol­low­ing will know that the car has been forced to brake, even if it is out of sight, like round a bend for exam­ple.

Anoth­er aspect of intel­li­gent vehi­cle tech­nol­o­gy to be test­ed is obsta­cle warn­ing sys­tems, which allow cars to com­mu­ni­cate where and what types of haz­ards are present on the roads. The final mea­sure is known as traf­fic sign assis­tant, which informs the dri­ver of tem­po­rary and per­ma­nent reg­u­la­tions on the road ahead – the infor­ma­tion is deliv­ered through con­tin­u­ous con­tact with traf­fic man­age­ment cen­ters.

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